The South Eastern Times : July 1st 2014
14 FOOTBALL Zone team finalised for state titles MORRIS ROD firstname.lastname@example.org SOUTH Gambier premiership player, three time best and fairest winner and 2011 joint Brian Hennessy Medallist, Simon Berkefeld has been rewarded with captaincy of the Murray South East Zone team to contest next weekend’s South Australian Country Football Championships in Kadina. Berkefeld has been a regular representative in the MSE Zone squad and was in last year’s team which finished second to Central in the grand final. The MSE Zone team has been coached by Justin McConnell for the last three years, but in 2014, South Gambier’s Luke Duncan has assumed the reins. Duncan oversaw a training ses- sion at Keith on Sunday where the final list of 25 players was officially named. Berkefeld was one of nine players to retain their places in the team that competed in 2013 in Port Pirie, joining Brock Egan (North Gambier), Brett O’Neil (South Gambier), Daron McElroy (West Gambier), Zacc Cocks (Glencoe), Kane Cuthbertson (Bordertown), Ray Jaensch (Kybybolite), Sam Pfeiffer (Ramblers) and Liam O’Neil (Ramblers). The squad had to also include a minimum of six players under the age of 21 and the junior listed footballers include Jayden Eldridge (East), Brad Bryant (South), Matt Willson (Penola), Matt Merrett (Penola), Louis DeMichelle (Imperials) and Alex Pfeiffer (Ramblers). A further four Under 21 players are among six emergencies that Duncan has named. “There is a lot to like about the Under 21 players that we have named,” Duncan said. “In some cases, they will be playing in key positions and it won’t be surprising if more than the six already named eventually get a run in the final team.” There is some doubt over the availability of Kybybolite’s Ray Jaensch as he and his wife are waiting the birth of their first child. Duncan has taken the precaution of also naming himself as one of the six emergencies if some extra experience on the field is required. Berkefeld, is one of 10 Western Border representatives in the squad, while Glencoe’s Zacc Cocks is the sole MSEFL player named. Cocks’ Glencoe teammates, Matt Kasparian and Tom Edwards and Tantanoola’s Jack Dawe have all been named as emergencies to the squad. The South Australian Country Football Championships originated in 1994 and have been played regularly ever since, although between 1997-2004 were only played every second year. Murray South East has never won the title, although in each of the three years that McConnell was in charge, it ran second. The six regions that compete in the carnival are ranked into equal groups from the previous year’s results. Reigning premier, Centrals have been grouped with Eyre Peninsula (3rd) and Eastern (5th), while MSE will play Southern (4th) and Northern (6th) on Saturday’s round robin matches. Sunday’s schedule will see playoff positions for all teams. REWARD FOR EFFORT: South Gamier’s Simon Berkefeld has been named captain of the Murray South East Zone team for next weekend’s South Australian Country Football Championships in Kadina. Murray South East Zone final squad Western Border Casterton/Sandford: Dylan Ryan. East Gambier: Jayden Eldridge (Under 21). Millicent: Nat Robbins. North Gambier: Brock Egan, Nick Blachut. South Gambier: Simon Berkefeld (captain), Brett O’Neil, Brad Bryant (Under 21). West Gambier: Daron McElroy, Elliot King. Mid South East Glencoe: Zacc Cocks. Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Bordertown: Kane Cutherbertson. Kybybolite: Ray Jaensch. Naracoorte: James Dixon (vice-captain). Penola: Ben McIntyre, Matt Willson (Under 21), Matt Merrett (Under 21). River Murray Imperials: Aisea Raikiwasa, Kieran Hall, Louis DeMichelle (Under 21). Jervois: Matthew Hodge. Meningie: Myles Warmington. Ramblers: Liam O’Neil (vicecaptain), Sam Pfeiffer, Alex Pfeiffer (Under 21). Emergencies: Mason Redman (Millicent, Under 21); Luke Duncan (South), Tom Edwards (Glencoe), Matt Kasparian (Glencoe, Under 21), Jack Dawe (Tantanoola, Under 21), Dylan Hollitt (Imperials, Under 21). Possible line-up B: N. Robbins, S. Pfieffer, J. Eldridge HB: K. Cuthbertson, K. Hall, Z. Cocks C: E. King, M. Warmington, N. Blachut 14 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, July 1, 2014 HF: B. Egan, A. Raikiwasa, J. Dixon FF: B. O’Neil, A. Pfieffer, L. O’Neil R: D. McElroy, S. Berkefeld, B. McIntyre Interchange: R. Jaensch, D. Ryan, L. Duncan, L. Demichelle, B. Bryant, M. Willson, M. Merrett Draw Saturday Round 1 – 10am: Western v Eastern; 11.10am: Southern v Northern Round 2 – 12.20pm: Central v Eastern; 1.30pm: Murray South East v Northern. Round 3 – 2.40pm: Central v Western; 3.50pm: Murray South East v Southern. Sunday Positional playoffs – 10am: Group 1 3rd v Group 2 3rd; 11.45am: Group 1 2nd v Group 2 2nd; 1.30pm: Group 1 1st v Group 2 1st. Honour roll 1994 Eyre Peninsula 1995 Southern 1996 Southern 1997 Eyre Peninsula 1999 Eyre Peninsula 2001 Mid North 2003 Southern 2004 Southern 2005 Southern 2006 Central 2007 Southern 2008 Murray Mallee Barrier Barossa 2009 Southern 2010 Southern 2011 2012 Southern 2013 Centrals Note: Between 1997-2003 championships held every second year. SOLE REPRESENTATIVE: Glencoe’s Zacc Cocks is the only Mid South East player named in the Murray South East Zone team. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Eyre Peninsula SAINTS STAR: Millicent’s Nat Robbins has made the cut for next weekend’s South Australian Country Championships in Kadina.
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